Whether you are building your new home or renovating your current one, when it comes to wood stairs or steps and the type of material that you choose, you may find it difficult to decide. Hardwood on stairs has a variety of benefits, and no matter what the style of your home, it is extremely versatile and able to complement almost any color or design scheme. Hardwood stairs can add a homely and natural feel to any space that it is implemented within. It has risen in popularity and for good reason. The durability, versatility, and cost-effectiveness it boasts make it one of the best options on the market today.
As we know, hardwood as a material has an array of benefits. The main benefit is its durability. Wood on its own is naturally durable and a long-lasting material that has been adding warmth and a beautiful classic look to homes for many years. Although carpet is another viable option, it will eventually wear out in areas that see a lot of foot traffic, especially when it comes to stairs. Hardwood can last a lifetime when proper maintenance and aftercare are conducted. It is advised to refinish or re-coat your staircase every few years to maintain the new and pristine look.
Why should you choose hardwood stairs?
If you are renovating your current home or designing a new home, you might be confused about which material to use on your staircase. The two most common choices are carpet or wood. When compared with carpet, a wooden staircase ranks higher in several departments, such as being easily refinished. A staircase sees a lot of foot traffic, so opting for a longer-lasting product, that can withstand the high rate of use is a smart choice. Wood can fit in and flow with any design elements you might have inside your home. When it comes to cleaning a carpeted staircase, running a vacuum down each step can be time-consuming and frustrating, and ultimately ineffective. When it comes to hardwood, all it takes to keep your staircase looking as good as new is a quick mop and sweep.
Different types of stairs for stair treads
We can guarantee you that there is a type of wood that will fit the style you are looking for and your budget. Economical wood for stair treads includes wood such as beech, ash stair treads, red oak, and hickory. When looking for something slightly harder and sturdier, options such as white oak, hard maple, cherry, and walnut are great options. For something more luxurious, we have options such as mahogany and birch. Whatever your choice of wood is, Hardwood Floors Edison has an option for everyone.
When considering hardwood for your staircase, other than the considerations we mentioned above, there are other things to keep in mind. The first is pre-finished or not. Pre-finished will alleviate the downtime you will need to face when the installation takes place. The second option to consider is the color you want, as some woods may naturally have the colors you want, however, you could look at adding a different color stain to customize the wood or match your current floors. The last consideration that you should make is the texture. Give us a call and allow us to assist you in making your decision.